If you haven't already, check out my Pinterest: Mint Atelier. There's also a link at the top right of my website.
Lately I've been pinning a lot of space with accents of this beautiful mint/teal/blue/green color. I think this color makes every room so bright and fresh. It's such a crisp, clean color that it pairs so beautifully with white but also with gold (in the office picture below).
Have you guys seen this amazing beach house done by Emily Henderson? It's absolutely stunning, I'm totally in love with every room of the house. Check it out here. It's stunning. It has beautifully fresh paint colors, white ceilings and trim, A HAMMOCK, and another fiddle leaf fig tree to remind me that I need more plants in my house.
When we moved into this apartment, we had a huge blank wall behind our kitchen table. I spent weeks trying to figure out what to put there that was big and not expensive. For a second I wanted something sculptural so I tried my hand at wire art. Then, I learned that it is very hard, I repeat very hard, to try to form large letters out of wire. I still think it would look cool but after bending that wire until my fingers were raw, I came to terms with the fact that wire isn't for me.
Then, I found a huge map on allposters.com for $35 and found my winner. The map is huge. It's 6' x 4'. I put it up on my wall and immediately loved the scale. I love maps to begin with. Give me one that's so huge that I see most of the countries in Europe without a magnifying glass? AND it looks good! SOLD. Then, the more I looked at it, the more I felt like the white border kind of blended into the wall. I felt like it needed something to differentiate it. Cue: the frame.
I spent a million years researching where I could get a giant frame, or any sort of frame like object. I couldn't find anything that was 6 feet wide and under $500. All of the frames I was looking at were traditional frames with glass and a backing. This is where things got expensive. And then I got to thinking, I don't need glass. In fact the map is already stapled on the wall, I just need a superficial wood frame to hang over it. This is when I decided I could build one.
Spoiler alert: I've never built anything ever. Also, I have too much confidence when it comes to thinking I can build things. So far, this has only been an advantage.
I went to Home Depot and I bought a miter (I learned the word "miter") saw, 2 6' 1x3s, 2 9' 1x3s, wood glue, wood stain, sand paper, and a right angle clamp. Then, I used my boyfriend's power drill.
Tangent: I thought I was going to go to Home Depot and buy molding because it has the fancy edges much like a store-bought frame. When I went to go check out, I learned that the price was by the foot which made it cost over $100. Rookie mistake. I immediately panicked and said, "Just kidding, we are actually not going to buy these and we will be back more with less expensive, more basic wood." This is when we found the sanded pine, which subsequently I began calling exclusively "basic wood". For example, "I could definitely build a house. I just need to pick up a lot of basic wood and then you just.... build a house."
Overall, it took about about a day to do and I'm super happy with how it came out.
1. Measured each piece of wood (I did it twice, thankyouverymuch) and mark with pencil where the 45 degree angles should go.
2. Saw each piece of wood. This is where the miter saw was invaluable. It secured the wood and then had guides where you can fit your saw to get a precise 45. Another spoiler alert: this is the hardest part and was very tiring for my weak, non-carpender arms.
3. Sand each corner where sawed.
4. With a power drill, drill pilot holes where the screws will go. You want the pilot hole to be big enough for the screws to fit, but still small enough for the threads to catch. (We drilled some test holes on some spare wood until we got the size right.) Then, drill screws from the top and bottom of the frame to secure the side pieces.
5. Stain. I bought a water-based stain and used a stain sponge to apply it. Tip: never let the stain set. Before this, I had never stained anything, I had only painted. I learned very quickly that stain does not act like paint. I immediately switched from putting the stain on the wood then spreading it to putting the stain on the sponge and smearing it. I also did two coats because I wanted it to be darker.
6. Attach picture hanging loops on the back of the side pieces, about 1' down from the top. Then, nail hooks into the wall to hang it up.
7. Admire the craftsmanship.
I'm always looking for accessories to add a bit of character and color to a room and I love these teal ones from Ruche. If you don't know Ruche, get to know it. Their online store is filled with cute, retro inspired clothing and they just started selling home products within the past year I think and I love all of them.
When adding accessories to a room, I try to find ones that share some unifying element that makes it look intentional. Color is a great option. In my living room (a tour coming soon!) I have accents of teal throughout. I have a teal accent chair that you've seen in the post about my small office, a teal vase, and a Ball Jar that I have on my desk that I painted a teal stripe on. These small accessories allow the space to look cohesive but not too matchy.
Have you seen this amazing renovation on Design Sponge? It's incredible. The before and afters are perfect!
Lately I've been finding myself convinced that I can renovate a house. It's true, I have way too much confidence and think that I can renovate an entire house by myself. Just me. Don't get me wrong, I'll hire professionals to do the electrical and stuff, I don't want to mess with that, that is just plain scary, but I got the rest of it no worries. I have countless hours of HGTV watching under my belt. Replacing the floor? I got this. Putting up new drywall? Yup. Tiling?! I think I would be GREAT at tiling. And after seeing this before and after, I'm even more convinced. I'm way to enthusiastic every time I come across a home that is very run down and... well, a before.
Hello! Just a heads up, I've been having some technical issues lately which has been making editing photos quite difficult. My posts might be a bit short for the next week or so until I figure something out. Please stay tuned. Also, here's a macro picture of one of my succulents on my patio. Cheers!
You guys, I've found my dream bed and isn't it a beauty? I saw it online a few weeks back while browsing West Elm and then their catalog came in the mail a couple days ago and I was reminded about just how gorgeous this bed is. I always thought I wanted an upholstered headboard until I saw this bed. I love the headboard. I love the reclaimed wood. I love the platform bed. I love it all. Ok have I gushed enough? Now, is it crazy to spend over a thousand dollars on a bed? I think it might be but, if need be, I could totally rationalize it. Though I could also rationalize saving t
Last week I decided that I needed a small office space. I've been working more on my laptop and felt that it was time to get a proper desk. In my previous post about the making of my small office, I narrowed it down to four desks and chairs from which to chose. They all fit my criteria and were affordable.
I decided to go with the Carson desk and use my teal chair. The campaign desk was a front runner and, let's face it, still is but alas it's too wide. So if I couldn't have my campaign pulls, I wanted something with clean lines. When I made the decision to use my teal chair, I knew I had to get a desk with legs wide enough to accommodate. The Carson desk seemed to fit all of my needs. And after getting it, I love it. The drawer works great for storage and the front folds down so I can put my Wacom tablet there and use it as a work surface.
Now I have a little office tucked away in the corner of our living room. What do you think?